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Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

I actually feel sorry for Ashton in this instance... he's copping a lot of flak when in this situation, I don't think he did anything 'Ashtonesque' he more or less did what any fiery back would do....

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

As Jim said, you put on your boots to play a sport governed by the laws, anything you do, or have done to you that is not within the laws in punishable, however certain things that are outside the laws will not be punished off the pitch, such as collapsing a maul, handling the ball on the ground, etc, as there is no laws in our courts that specifically deal with these sorts of incidents - or frankly, no one would give a **** as it doesn't mean anything in the real world. However, if one was to be struck on the rugby pitch, even just a simple punch to the face, you could press charges as this is not part of the game that you signed up to (or put yours boots onto...). I've been hit a few times but never particularly thought much of it - typical rugby punches that don't do much... however if someone was to fracture my cheek/break my jaw, knock out my teeth or something like that, then I would strongly consider my options. Evidence however would be an issue - provocation, mitigating circumstances etc...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

David Pocock suspended after choking Chiefs number eight

Strange that they didn't really look into that - unless the video was edited to avoid us watching through 2 minutes of "hmm dunno what happened"....

Rightly or wrongly, during the 6N sometimes a good minute or two (at least?) was spent reviewing all different angles to see what happened during an incident... Whilst this is not an international, and perhaps not have as many angles, it'd surely have been easy to pick up watching the Chiefs player entering the maul and just following it through...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Silvère Tian red carded for insulting referee Romain Poite

I'm with you totally. One thing I love is that although the stakes in most matches are unfathomably high, players generally tend to maintain a high level or respect towards each other (after the match at least) and the officials. Drives me mad to see bad calls being made but when players are questioned at the end about a bad call against their team, I think it's a hugely impressive and encouraging when they turn around and say "I didn't quite get a good look at it, he might've been *in/out/shake it all about*, however there were other more pivotal parts of the game xyz blah blah"... rather than "yeh, ref screwed us!" or something such as that.

Some players will always continually talk to, or at the referee, however I think this should often be reserved for just captains and scrum halfs (that are under 5'10). George Ford got a sarky response for questioning the referee - Parisse, Hartley send off for their efforts, Watson acting like a prima donna... Like you said seems to be a strong trend growing! :(

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

Hahaha, buddy, April fools is the first of the month... You're late..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

One thing I don't understand, is Ashton shoves Watson, then removes his gumshield.....

...If you're going to put in a move like that, keep your gumshield in...

Tuilagi certainly didn't hang around for a chat...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

Disagree. Ashton is retreating, he didn't change direction, he ran back, realised Goode had it, so he continued his run to the side of Goode as to offer support, he did however check his run, but this cannot be attributed to obstruction, he held his line.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

This is really horrendous! I don't often exclaim out loud, but that really caught me by surprise, I was not expecting something so vicious... in fact, I don't know, I was hoping to see some mitigating "it wasn't THAAAT bad" type of excuse.

For a bit of a relative scale, I'd say this was worse than the Calum Clark incident, so I'd say Clark should've received a 98 year ban.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

...into the same cell as a well hung and extremely horny sex starved inmate...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

because many high profile games are being impacted these decisions

Completely irrelevant in all cases. Status of the game, whether it be two professional teams, two amateur teams, world cup finals, or otherwise - punishments should be meted out according to the law, with exception to things like baa baa games, or other friendly/charity matches where players can clearly be seen to have cleared the air between each other.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago